Students in fourth grade extend their studies in Bible to focus on these doctrines: God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, salvation, heaven, angels, hell, and final events. They further learn how to use Bible study tools - concordance, Bible maps and atlases, and timelines. There is also a strong emphasis on Bible memory and practical application. The curriculum used is ACSI’s Purposeful Design Bible for 4th graders. Students will also have the opportunity to truly dig into God's word through our Precept study on the book of Esther.
Students will begin with a review of the four basic operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division - for speed and accuracy. They extend their knowledge by learning multi-digit multiplication and long division. Other units of study are fractions and decimals, measurement, time and money. Readiness in algebra and geometry is emphasized as well as problem solving and mental math. The math curriculum used is from A Beka.
Fourth graders will review all of the eight parts of speech for correct usage, punctuation and capitalization rules, and letter writing. With the goal of efficient paragraph writing (narrative, expository, descriptive, persuasive), students will have constant practice in correct sentence structure through the Shurley Method of English. Students will also participate in the Institute for Excellence in Writing program with the emphasis in Ancient History.
The spelling program for fourth graders focuses on vocabulary. Students learn to use words correctly in spoken and written language and learn spelling rules that will enable them to spell more words. They spell and use the words by looking at context and correct forms of the root. The spelling curriculum is from Vocabulary Workshop by Sadlier Oxford.
Students will explore God’s wonderful creation through a study of ecosystems, insects, plants, force and machines, electricity and magnetism, light, the moon, water and oceans, weathering and erosion, natural resources, digestion, and bones and muscles. The students also develop science process skills by participating in hands-on activities and projects. Science curriculum comes from Bob Jones University Press.
Reading comprehension skills (literal, interpretive, creative, and critical) will be taught through the study of classical novels. Vocabulary building will also be emphasized through the use of these novels. Book reports with combined activity projects are assigned throughout the year to encourage fourth graders to expand their love for a wide variety of books. Genres of books explored include biographies about missionaries, nonfiction, and historical fiction.
Fourth graders will cover the first 5000 years of civilization. Students will be taken on a journey from the Fertile Crescent to the barbarian’s invasion of Rome. Ancient Times includes the First Nomads, Egypt, the Jewish People, Abraham and Joseph, Hammurabi and the Babylonians, the Assyrians, Ancient China, Ancient Africa, Exodus, the Phoenicians, the Greeks, and Rome. Social Studies will come from "Story of the World" by Susan Wise Bauer, The Mystery of History, and Veritas Press. Geography will also come from Steck-Vaughn.